No matter your previous ingenuity, building a mountain bike is a challenging task. You need to be aware of the conditions of mountain biking as well as how the bike should be built to withstand this kind of riding, which can be rough.
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Scout out the areas you will be riding to get an idea for the terrain you will be using the mountain bike on the most. This will help you choose the frame, suspension and tires as well as the accessories you'll need to withstand the terrain later on in these steps.
Visit a mountain bike shop or custom-frame builder to work on designing the frame that is going to work for you. You want your height, weight, riding experience, terrain and how frequently you are going to ride all taken into consideration.
Pick out a suspension kit that will accommodate the riding you will do and install it. Pick out the handlebars, tires, and accessories such as a tool kit, water-bottle mount, a pouch for other important things and any other mountain-biking accessories that would help your ride be fun and safe.
Test-ride your finished bike. It is important to test-ride your mountain bike before taking it out in the rough terrain. You want to make sure there are no problems with any of the parts and that everything is working properly. You also want to take the time to get used to the new bike so that you have optimal control over it in the mountains.